Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches


Go to their web site at then click on the Davie Nadadores Swim Camp Brochure and Application Form and download …..Here is a rundown of the Coaches


Owner and Director |

Coach Tomas Victoria was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Graduate from The University of Florida in Physical Education in 1982 , he is married to Carol Victoria and has two daughters Andrea and Daniela , both of his daughters are involved in competitive sports : Andrea was an All American and state MVP in water polo during her High school years with St Thomas Aquinas HS she obtained an athletic scholarship to Colorado State. Daniela was an All American and two time Florida High School state champion in 100 breaststrokes she is a freshman at the University of Florida in swimming.

Coach Tomas was the Head coach of the Venezuelan National team from 1984 to 1995 his swimmers established over 100 National age group records and made the national Team in multiple occasions to events such as Pan American (1991 Cuba-1995 Argentina- 1999 Canada) and World Championships(1994 Rome , Italy -1995 Rio, Brazil) .

He moved to Florida in 1995 looking for new challenges, he established himself as a coach in the Florida Gold Coast with Team Weston Aquatics were he continued his career by placing swimmers in meets such as Pan Am Games, Rio, Brazil 2007, World Championships Melbourne, Australia 2007, World Youth Championships Rio, Brazil 2006 and Monterrey, Mexico 2008, Zone Championships, US Open, Junior National and Senior National Championships qualifiers.

His swimmers have graduated to accept Athletic and Academic scholarships to Institutions such as: Stanford University, Boston University, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Indian River College.


Owner and Head Coach |

Coach Alex Pussieldi is originally from Brazil where attended University of Rio Grande do Sul (Journalism) and University of Pernambuco (Physical Education).

Former Junior National Coach of Brazil from 1995 to 1997, and responsible for more then 90 national age group champions in Brazil and several national records. After a very succesfull coaching career in his country, Coach Alex move to United States where has been one of the most active coaches in South Florida.

Coaching Career:
1989 – 1995 – Head Coach at Clube Portugues do Recife, Brazil
1996 – 1998 – Head Coach at Duvel Natacao, Brazil
1999 – 2004 – Head Age Group Coach at Fort Lauderdale Swim Team
2002 to present – Head National Coach Kuwait Swim Team
2003 to present – Head Coach at Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club Florida Summer League
2001 – 2005 – Head Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School Boys Swimming & Diving Team
2005 to present – Co-Head Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School Boys Swimming & Diving Team
2004 – 2008 – Senior Coach at Pine Crest Swim Club
2008 to present – Head Coach Davie Nadadores Swim Club

Coaching accomplishments:
15 State Titles in Brazil
3 National Club Titles in Brazil
2 times South American Champion with Brazilian National Team
14 times Gulf Champion with Kuwait National Team
5 times Florida High School State Champion with St. Thomas Aquinas High School
4 times South Florida Coach of the Year from Sun Sentinel
3 times South Florida Coach of the Year from Miami Herald
2 times Coach of the Year from Dairy Farmers

International participation:
1995, 1996, 1997 Europe Youth Multinations Swimming Championship
1993, 1995, 1997 South American Junior Championship
2003, 2004 FINA World Cup in New York
2004 World Short Course Championship in Indianapolis
2005 World Championship in Montreal, Canada
2005 FINA World Cup in New York
2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar
2006 FINA Youth World Swimming Championship in Rio, Brazil
2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil
2008 FINA Youth World Swimming Championship in Monterrey, Mexico
2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Michael Phelps…What’s going on???

Mike…what the heck are you thinking about ? The greatest swimmer ever, the coolest guy in town, the golden boy of our sport. You have so much to live up to, you are the inspiration to all of us in the great arena of sports. These are some of the things that I am thinking about. Why waist it all? The statement that you are only 23 years old and that it was an immature thing to do can go just so far….I wrote an article some time ago that “Doping is for Dopes” well I would hate to put you into that class….but give us a break Mike and clean it up ! If you think I am being tough on you, and you are under a lot of stress to be the All – American Hero….Think about the kids who look up to you.When they Think about you now, will they think of your eight gold medals or will they think of you sucking on a bong !


February 3, 2009 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Olympics are over, but world records are being broken….Bonnie Bilich sets the FINA Masters World Record

The following information was reported in the current issue of Swimming World Magazine

Bonnie Bilich Breaks First World Record in Backstroke — December 3, 2008

Feature by Emily Sampl
BOULDER, Colorado, December 3. THERE’S no feeling in the world like breaking a world record. Tri-Valley Masters swimmer Bonnie Bilich finally found out what it felt like at the USMS Long Course National Championships in August.
Bonnie outpaced the field in the women’s 50-54 200 backstroke, posting a FINA Masters world record of 2:41.88; it was her first career world record. She nearly repeated that feat in the 100 back, going under the previous record of 1:14.19 by a tenth of a second, but it was Karen Andrus-Hughes who got her hand on the wall first in 1:13.55. Breaking records isn’t one of Bonnie’s main goals, which made it an even greater accomplishment.

“I try not to think about goals too much because then I start putting too much pressure on myself. That takes all the fun out of it,” she said. “I guess my main goals are to have fun and to stay injury free.”
Bonnie has been involved in Masters swimming off and on since 1987, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to compete often. Her family and career as a software engineer at Oracle keep her pretty busy.
“Sometimes it is very hard to find a balance. I never thought two teenagers could keep you so busy with their activities,” she said. “However, my husband is very understanding about my swimming commitment and encourages me to continue with my efforts.”
Next up on Bonnie’s busy schedule will likely be the Pacific Masters Championships in April, followed by the USMS Short Course Nationals in May. Until then, it’s back to the pool to train with her friends and teammates at Tri-Valley.
“The camaraderie from my teammates, coach, and the local swim community provide a lot of inspiration to me,” she stated. “The Masters swimming organization provides a wonderful framework to enjoy all of this.”

December 3, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming | 1 Comment

Lactate Testing at the Club Level


I would like to hear the opinion of you coaches out there on lactate testing on the club level. Do you think it’s worth the effort? Here are some points of interest to read on the subject.


Lactate is the unique metabolic variable that indicates the capability of the muscles for an athletic performance. We emphasize “unique” in the preceding sentence because no other metabolic parameter provides the same information. Lactate is an output of the anaerobic process and a fuel for the aerobic process and levels of it in the blood during exercise is indicative of the strength of each system. No other parameter provides this same information.

The ability of the muscles to reach a peak performance during an athletic event requires that the energy systems providing energy be “fine tuned” or “balanced” properly so the athlete can generate the highest amount of energy per unit of time during a race. Proper training is what accomplishes this fine tuning or optimal balance and it is lactate testing that lets the coach know if the balance has been obtained or how each energy system must be trained in order to obtain the balance.

Coaching is a profession requiring both art and science. The building blocks for an optimal performance are many and must be constructed in a proper sequence and must recognize that each individual is different. Some of these building blocks are correct technique, positive mental attitude and a proper diet. However, the cornerstone for this building is precise physiological training. That is the main reason an athlete spends so much time in the water, on the bike, on the track or the road, in the weight room or wherever training is best conducted. Ask yourself, do you know if all those miles/hours of training are paying out?

But what is appropriate physiological training? It is not volume or else those who put in the most hours/miles would be the winners. It is not intensity or else those who pushed themselves the hardest would be the winners. It is not someone’s favorite workout or else everyone would be copying the magic workout or training pace. It turns out that each individual has their own way of adapting and any smart training plan must recognize this. This is a fact of life. Each has to find his or her own way to the proper balance of the energy systems and peak conditioning on the day that counts, race day.

With proper protocols a portable lactate analyzer enables the coach to measure both the aerobic and anaerobic conditioning of each athlete. Information about both is necessary for the coach to optimize the conditioning of each athlete whether they are a 50 meter freestyle swimmer (about 22 seconds plus per race) or an Ironman triathlete (over 8 hours per race for the world’s best). With information on each energy system the coach can plan, control and monitor the training of athletes with a precision not available before. Lactate testing provides the important information that enables the coach to individualize the intensity of each athlete’s workout and control their training so they reach performance objectives. No over-training and no surprises come race day.

How Does Lactate Testing do This?

Provides a multi-dimensional profile of conditioning. Because lactate is produced by the anaerobic system and used by the aerobic system it is the only marker available for measuring each system. The amount of energy an athlete can produce per unit of time depends on the development of both systems which is why they have to be balanced. (Essentially this means training the anaerobic system to a level that is appropriate for the athlete’s aerobic capacity.) This balance will depend upon the event for which the athlete is competing and will also depend upon which part of the training cycle the athlete is in. The closer the athlete gets to the “big” event the balance will have to be “fine tuned” for a peak performance.

Show adaptation in each system. Over time changes in blood lactate levels tell the coach what physiological adaptation has taken place in each system. It tells the coach which forms of training are working or not working. Training time becomes much more efficient as the athlete performs only workouts that work. Your analyzer becomes a “training compass” that “steers” each athlete in the right direction. It is much more relevant than heart rate monitoring which reflects a general overall body response to stress and doesn’t necessarily reflect what is happening in the muscles or with the anaerobic system. It is much more versatile than VO2 testing which requires very expensive equipment and requires experts to administrate the test properly.

Teaches coaches and athletes what is required for a peak performance. Lactate testing is also a learning and motivating experience for coaches and athletes as they become much more aware of the interactions of variables and the other nuances that affect workouts as well as performance. Since the emphasis will be on training energy systems and not the use of very broad training zones, coaches will understand what works best for each energy system and why, what may be counter-productive and when and in what sequence various types of training are appropriate

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Triathlon Training in Italy

I recently received an e-mail from Ernesto Bronzetti manager of the Hotel Perla in Riccione, Italy….I thought I would pass it along to who ever might be interested…I have no connection with this hotel the post is for your information only :


Dear  Mr Pete,

my name is Ernesto Bronzetti and  I am the manager of the  ” Hotel Perla  ”  in Riccione (Italy).

My purpose in writing is to propose my hotel as a place of sojourn  for a training camp .

Ours is a three-stars , family run hotel ( recently restored) situated just in front of the beach and just  1km from the indoor and outdoor Olympic swimmimg pool situated inside the Sports centre “Italo Nicoletti” .

The Riccione swimmimg stadium has already become the stage of important national and international events.

This construction is placed in a beautiful environment and in a strategic spot, only 5 minutes from the Highway and Miramare-Rimini airport. The construction is supplied with all the services for the clients: reception, rest area, bar, large changing rooms, grandstands with a capacity of 2000 people.  The swimmimg stadium proposes itself as the ideal candidate for the swimmers.

Here is some information:


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

Lenghtm. 25x 10 lanes

Widht mt. 11

Height mt. 1,20 constant

Diving board from 1 to 3 mt.


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

We have been working with athletes for many years and we  are  capable of satisfying the varying requirements of these guests, for this reason we can boast consolidated experience in this sector.

We are also a bike hotel and we are well-organized to respond adequatly to all the needs of this sport:  rent bike,  safe store-room and workshop for the bicycles, skilled cycling guides, route maps,  a rich continental buffet breakfast,  a choice of three menus with fish and meat  and specific menus for sportsmen, laundry service for technical wear, use of the  steam bath and of the  outdoor jacuzzi swimming pool,   free entry at the health club “Blue Line” just near the  Riccione swimmimg stadium. On request  sports massages.

We have numerous athletes who have been making use of our services for many years.  

They are already our guests:

the Italian  National TeamTriathlon , the Fassa Bortolo Team, the Fidea Cycle Team, Cofidis, Navigators, Martin Yelling( English national duathlon champion), Aubrey Brice (Olympic champion from Canada), Alessandro Alessandri (Italian duathlon champion).  They all choose the Hotel Perla as a place of sojourn for their training camp as they feel home away from  home!!!!!

We offer two kinds of rooms all with satellite television and air-conditioning:

Libeccio (Standard room)

Grecale (Superior room)

You can book Half board or just B&B as you prefer.

We can also arrange the transfer from/to the airport ( from Rimini airport and  from Riccione station it is free!!!) 

At your disposal our 9  seats Perla van to reach the swimmimg pool. 

For further information or possible requests don’t hesitate to contact  me  .

In the meantime visit our web-site

Kind regards

Hotel Perla

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Attention Master Swimmers,Triathlete’s

If you’re an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or a masters athlete of any kind, you’ll love this story on one of the most incredible daily workouts in the world. Check it out.
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Lucky’s Lake Swim
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Growing Bolder Media Group

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Tri-Athlete Training Tip

freestyle3  At the left is a good illustration of proper head position for breathing. Note also the high elbow recovery of the stroke. To help you practice “sighting” while you are working out, try to swim 3 or 4 strokes …then lift your head straight up out of the water and sight an object at the other end of the pool. Doing this will enable you to get use to sighting in open water.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Masters Workout for 1650



Are your workouts becoming boring? Is training for the 1650 boring? Here is a little workout that I used when I was coaching Masters at Team Weston.

There is also a few drills in this workout give it a try!



Drill Reverse IM

(free, br., bk., fly)


6 X 50

With fins on your side

rotating left/right

Swim Ladder
11 lengths, 10, 9,
down to 1 (10 between)
Drill Loosen up

6 of each stroke



Some possible drills:
. Kick, no board, arms at body’s side. Think: kick head down, kick head up. Don’t rush the kick. It begins at the chest and unfurls quite slowly with a snap of the ankles, like cracking a whip. If your timing is good on the whole stroke, this will be very easy. If it’s difficult to do, probably your timing is off. Within a fraction of a second, the sequence of entry is head, hands, feet. The second kick is half way through the stroke.
Back. Swim with exaggerated roll and glide on your side, one arm outstretched and one at your side for about 6 to 9 kicks.
Breast. Kick twice, pull once for a length; then kick once and pull twice. Swim using fly kick.Free. One-arm, catch-up (hand touches outstretched hand before you pull), ripple (drag your fingers in the water, directly below your elbow, during recovery), hesitation (leave your hand out of the water behind you for a second before beginning recovery.

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Workouts | Leave a comment

Masters News…..

Prostate Cancer Hasn’t Slowed Down Burwell “Bumpy” Jones — April 7, 2008

By Emily Sampl
BOULDER, Colorado, April 7. THERE aren’t many things that can keep 75-year-old Burwell “Bumpy” Jones away from the pool, including radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
Jones, who was diagnosed a few months ago, continued to train throughout treatment, logging around 4,000 yards daily despite occasional weakness and fatigue. “I worked out every day. I just cut back when I felt more tired. I talked with my physicians about working out and they thought it’d probably be okay,” he said.
Now that he’s finished radiation treatments, Burwell is on the road to full recovery. He still notices some lingering effects, but things are looking up.
“It’s been going okay,” Jones said in reference to his recovery. “I just finished radiation two months ago, but I still feel a little weak and fatigued sometimes. If anything, swimming made my recovery faster.”
Jones doesn’t seem to have lost too much strength or endurance through the illness. At the 38th Annual Short Course Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida, held March 28-30, he broke five USMS records in the 75-79 age group. His new records came in the 500 free (6:25.47), 1,000 free (13:25.53), 1,650 free (22:13.03), 100 back (1:13.99) and 200 IM (2:48.07). Always wary of the competition, Jones doesn’t expect them to last long.
“They likely won’t be long standing. There are a lot of good swimmers out there. But we’ll see,” he stated.
Unfortunately, because of his diagnosis, Burwell was forced to cancel his trip to Australia for the FINA Masters World Championships, scheduled to begin April 17. YMCA Masters Nationals in Fort Lauderdale (May 15-18) are highlighted on his calendar, however, and he’ll have a chance to lower his records even further there.

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming | Leave a comment

Daniela Victoria Trying to Qualify for the 2008 Olympics


Daniela will be competing in San Marino Italy at the end of April in the Copa Latina Meet to try and qualify for the Venezuelan Olympic Team that will compete in Beijing this summer. Daniela is a member of Team Weston Aquatics and trains at the Midtown Athletic Club in Weston Florida under Coach Tomas Victoria, her father. Daniela has been one of Florida’s top female breaststorker’s and will be attending the University of Florida in the fall. Our hearts go out to her and we all wish her luck in her pursuit of making the team

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment